the sound of merry diners and drinkers
fills the somnolent city air.
On the terra firma which my feet tread today
barges used to bring iron and later coal:
tough workers travelling all the way down
from Merthyr to the then small Cardiff town.
Journeys began back in the 1790s
passing the castle and then Queen Street
but the underpass by Kingsway
holds a hidden remnant of history
with a sad jigsaw piece of a great canal.
Now just ugly concrete covers Mill Lane
and old photographs...are all that remain.